Did the famed Mindy McCready leave behind a suicide note? Prior to the country star’s self-inflicted death, McCready developed a video with the help of Danno Hanks, a private investigator and amateur photographer.
McCready asked Hanks to work on a cover of “I’ll See You Yesterday,” a song written by Courtney Dashe, a fan of McCready’s that wanted her to sing the song.
“She fell in love with it, and she wanted to make that the title song on her album.”
“Mindy had seen some of the pictures that I posted on my Facebook page and was interested in using them to create the album cover,” Danno said.
“Then suddenly in the last four or five days she started talking to me every day, and she urgently wanted to get this one song released, but to use it as an anti-suicide public service announcement.”
“She sent me these still photos of her and David. I put the thing together and they were timed to be in sync with the music. At the end there was a message telling people who are contemplating suicide to get in touch with suicideispreventable.org.”
“She said she wanted to put together this video to help people deal when someone had suffered a suicide in their life and God, she was literally having me write her suicide note,” he said. “If I had known, I would have made sure someone was there with her all the time.”
David Wilson, McCready’s boyfriend, passed away on January 13 at the age of 34. His death is still under investigation, but initial findings suggest that his death was also the result of a suicide.
According to Us Weekly, one day prior to her death, McCready forwarded Hanks a frame to be included in the video which contained the website of a suicide prevention organization.
“I thought she was talking about sending a message about suicide for David’s death but this is unbelievable. She was sending me a message,” he said. “I wish I had been more alert to what it was.”
The two spoke over the phone for a final time the day before she killed herself. According to Radar Online, Danno asked the singer when she wanted him to release the video on YouTube; her response was, ” You’ll know when.”
Danno now sees the error in judgment he made.
“She acted upbeat like: ‘OK, you’re right. I need to go on. I need to do this for my children and in memory of David,’” he said. “I realize now she was just trying to put me off.”
Mindy McCready leaves behind her nine-month-old son Zayne and Zander, 6, from a previous relationship with country star Billy McKnight.